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Friday, May 06, 2005

Blair reelected, loses up to 100 seats

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. You know, Tony, if Charles Kennedy wasn't such a twit, he'd be living in 10 Downing Street, next week

Analysis: The results so far

By Nick Assinder
Political Correspondent, BBC News website

Tony Blair looks on course to achieve his great ambition of winning Labour an unprecedented third term in government.

But if the early indications are anything to go by, it will be with a massively reduced majority of around 66 and may for the first time have been despite, rather than because of him.

And the victory may have been achieved on the lowest share of the vote ever recorded.

If the final result echoes this then Mr Blair's leadership - already under question - will be firmly on the line, with many predicting a swift handover to Gordon Brown who played a pivotal role in the campaign.

The chancellor appeared to accept Labour was suffering when he made his local victory speech, declaring "we will listen and we will learn".

Labour is lucky that there weren't more candidates like this.

Galloway's East End street fight

George Galloway's vehement anti-war stance was always going to be one of the highlights of the 2005 general election.

His successful and bitter single-issue campaign to oust Oona King from one of the most Muslim seats in the country has secured his place in British political history.

It has also given us a return of sorts to the political street-fighting that once made London's East End such a volatile electoral mix.

Oona King entered the Commons in 1997 with a majority she went on to increase in 2001.

A member of the "Blair Babes", she was media savvy and a high profile MP for some of the poorest people in the country.

But eight years on, those constituents have punished her closeness to the Prime Minister - not over the bread-and-butter East End issues of jobs and housing - but over her support for the war in Iraq.

And so it was to the cheers of his supporters that the new member for Bethnal Green and Bow declared: "Mr Blair, this is for Iraq."

Mr Galloway lost the party whip in 2003 over his refusal to toe the line over Iraq.


Writing days before the vote, Mr Galloway predicted Iraq would be Tony Blair's political tombstone. But as he scraped home in the seat with a majority of less than 1,000, the war also gave a new lease of life to one of the toughest street-fighting rebels Labour has ever seen.

He won a tight race, but he won it on Iraq.

The problem for voters is that there was no feasble alternatives to Blair, but it looks like he could have lost up to 100 seats, which is a stunning rejection.

He got his victory, but it will be for Gordon Brown to get the UK out of Iraq.

posted by Steve @ 12:31:00 AM

12:31:00 AM

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